STUFF YOU'LL NEED:
A big piece of tissue, crepe or light wrapping paper at least 42"
Paste or glue (Elmer's, etc.).
Six-ply cotton string.
Two sticks of bass, pine, or spruce each measuring 1/4" x 3/8"
x 42" (Try your local hardware store, lumberyard, or hobby
Knife (Boy Scout, steak knife, or anything really sharp).
Magic Markers, paints or anything else you can think of to decorate
SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKING A PAPER KITE:
Paper Play Project is a relative piece of cake compared to previous
projects. A bigger challenge, however, will be in getting your kite
airborne, but we'll worry about that later...
Take the two sticks, cut a notch at each end of each stick, and
then reinforce these ends with several inches of string, wrapping
tightly four or five times to prevent splitting.
Next, make a cross with the sticks, attaching one of the sticks
(which we'll call the bow stick) 8-3/8" from the top of other
stick (which we'll refer to as the spine stick) by lashing the sticks
together with string, wrapping tightly.
Attach a bow string to one end of the bow stick. Then, carefully
bend the bow stick back until the distance between the center of
the bow stick and the bow string measures 8-3/8". Wrap up this
step by attaching the loose end of the string to the opposite end
of the bow stick.
Take the string and circle the perimeter of the entire kite frame
by inserting the string in the notches at the end of each stick.
Then, cover the front of the kite with paper, laying the kite frame
on the paper with the bow stick facing the paper. Using scissors,
cut the paper at least 2" outside the string on all the kite
Turn about 1" of the margin over the frame string and glue
to the main body.
Next, attach a bridle string, since your kite is tailless. To attach
the bridle string, tie the bridle string at the lower end of the
spine at a point about 7' from the top of the kite. Then attach
the flying line tightly knotted at a point slightly above the corner
of the kite.
If you want to express your artistic talents, it's time for the
markers or paints. Let dry and you're finished. Then, wait for a
good spring wind and go fly your kite!